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AMERICAN SPIRIT WINNER


Jack Pape, a 17-year old Life Scout from Troop 374 in Omaha, Neb., has become the first Boy Scout representative to receive the prestigious American Spirit Award. He was honored for his heroism in providing first aid to Scouts injured during the tornado at Little Sioux Scout Ranch in 2008 and for pulling a young boy from a swimming pool and administering CPR in 2009. Jack earned the Boy Scout Honor Medal and the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit, respectively, for these actions. Given by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and


the society of America’s living Medal of Honor recipients, the American Spirit Award honors individuals for extraordinary skill, professionalism, and excellence in a challenging situation. This year, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, Boys’ Life


magazine helped select a Scout to receive the award. Online voting held in January and February made up 50 percent of the evaluation process. “I just did what needed to be done,” Jack said of his heroic actions. “There wasn’t really any other option.” Jack flew to Washington,


D.C., in March to receive the award and participate in National Medal of Honor Day activities. He also will be fea- tured in an upcoming issue of Boys’ Life and will serve as an ambassador for the magazine throughout the remainder of its yearlong celebration.


TREK TECH


The Sierra Club Granite Gourmet Knowledge Cards app dishes up tasty trailside recipes for campers and hikers, along with tips on single-burner cooking and more. A portion of the apps’ sales goes to the Sierra Club. If you don’t own a BlackBerry or Android, you can buy the physical deck of cards at pomegranate.com. Cost: $4.99 on the BlackBerry


App World store or Android Marketplace.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR Get On the Trail FOR FOREIGN SERVICE


With the World Scout Jamboree set for Sweden in July, here’s a look at some of the United States’ contingent patches from past jamborees. There was no official patch for the


first gathering in 1920 in Kensington, England, but a U.S.-created temporary badge was used, with minor varia- tions, through 1951. Redesigned in 1953, it saw service through the 1963 Jamboree in Greece. But there was no contingent badge for the 1967 event hosted by the BSA in Idaho. In 1971, the 13th World Scout Jamboree held in Japan was


the first such patch (above) to specifically mention the World Jamboree. And there have been specific contingent patches for every such gathering since, including the 1979 event that was canceled because of the overthrow of the Shah in Iran.


MAY•JUNE 2011 ¿ S COUTING 7


Talk about a natural partnership. On June 4, the Boy Scouts of America will team up with the American Hiking Society to celebrate National Trails Day. More than 2,000 events across the country will remind us of the beauty of America’s 200,000-plus miles of trails. The options are many: trail maintenance, hiking, biking, paddle trips, and more. How will your pack, troop, or crew celebrate? Go to americanhiking.org for ideas and to find events planned in your area.


PATCH COURTESY OF ROY MORE


THIS OLD PATCH


SETH LEVY/COURTESY OF AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY


WARREN JOHNSON/LENS ART PHOTOGRAPHY


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